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the syrian government are the ones to team up with the moderate opposition factions against the jihad is that statement coming just days ahead of the geneva two peace conference. president obama is set to deliver a speech on the n.s.a. surveillance methods and many question whether the government is ready to limit the agency's spying reach. and u.k. foreign secretary william hague heads north to try and convince scotland not to go it alone with an independence referendum eight months away. which is actually coming to you live from the russian capital marina josh welcome to the program now the syrian government says it's ready for
a limited ceasefire with the rebels and a prisoner swap the foreign minister has even proposed cooperating with a more moderate opposition groups against radical islamist you raise those issues at a meeting in moscow just now with his russian counterpart sergey lavrov already the list could joins us now with the details and we know the russian foreign minister is hosting a syrian counterpart in moscow as we speak but what has come out of that meeting what do we know at this point well at this point it looks like the syrian government is actually ready and willing to go ahead in order to implement all sorts of action in order to bring about at least the first step in an attempt to find perhaps a diplomatic if not a peaceful resolution of the syrian conflict which at this point has been going on for almost three years and by some estimates has cost as many as one hundred thirty thousand lives so the syrian government has said through their foreign minister who is in moscow that they're willing. to provide humanitarian aid to see that it to
make sure that it gets to the places where it is needed safely in fact the syrian government said they're already working on that along with the united nations they've also said that they are ready for a moderate ceasefire around the aleppo area something that the place which has been most severely hit by militant activity in recent weeks and of course there is the even said that they're ready to go as far as to cooperate with the moderate opposition on the ground in syria in order to fight the jihad is the extremist. groups which are operating in syria and the fact that syria has become unfortunately a hot bed for this type of militancy it has been acknowledged even by foreign of foreign officials as well for example on thursday. john kerry has stated just that and then you turn to the syrian opposition particularly for example to the syrian
national council. coalition and you see that they are not showing any sign of willingness to go ahead to bring peace to syria this is the s. and c. is. that the sea is still mucking around trying to figure trying to decide present in switzerland in fact they're holding a meeting in istanbul just on that matter but their authority isn't quite reliable when it comes to other groups which operate inside syria for example the jihad is the free syrian army have already said that they do not recognize the essence of these authority when it comes to other to moderate opposition groups well russian foreign minister sergey lavrov has expressed his. worry about the fact that they will not be able to be present at the geneva two conference. we find it quite alarming that our western partners have focused entirely on
persuading the syrian national coalition to attend the geneva two conference while ignoring the other petri out of couples issues which operate inside syria and are interested in going to geneva. first and foremost i'm referring to the national corniche and committee as well as the kurdish groups. and then of course there is the issue of iran's presence at the geneva conference iran has expressed its willingness to be there it is supported by almost go and syria who believe it's an intrinsic player in the regional situation but though there are other states as such as the united states who see iran is merely an observer at the geneva two conference. that bravery i think is a much for bringing us this obviates on the meeting of sergei lavrov here in moscow with any officials. for in there now france is among the countries that will be attending the geneva two conference the country has voiced concern over
hundreds of its nationals fighting alongside the rebels in syria but fear is their return home radicalized a former french prime minister told us that the talks in switzerland must take place without preconditions. i believe we have two problems today one is we need of who is the opposition to take part in this discussion because how can we have any settlement without having everybody around the table but also we have within the opposition a very strong. very strong fights between the two parts of the political opposition and the jihadists are fighting very strongly on the ground i think we should take away the jihadist all the people that are behind al qaeda and we should not focus on the plot of assad that we should not have any preview condition. before starting this political discussion the i really believe that iran should be
as much as possible part of the talks because ukraine is a very regional players and if we can have iran on board in discussing the crit crises of the region we'd of course we will be much more efficient. so i have for this hour here on r t international the farmers living under constant fear of violence. sickened us with our lives and that they were right in the face of the at the door. al gore spot in here is from white south africans to say the country's races get far from equal treatment when it comes to security. now millions of those who are concerned over the stands to which they have been watched by america's national security agency are now waiting to hear from the country's president he is expected to announce much anticipated changes to the way the agency works but it's unclear how far that which forms will go r.t. sam sachs reports from washington d.c.
today president obama heads to the department of justice just a few blocks from here and he'll deliver a speech on n.s.a. reforms specifically what he supports from the forty six recommendations his own review panel put forward a few weeks ago the president is expected to devote a large portion of his speech to the privacy concerns of non-u.s. citizens and businesses basically trying to assure foreign consumers that their privacy will be protected when they communicate using american tech companies like google and yahoo now you may remember when it was disclosed that allied world leaders like brazilian president dilma rousseff were spied on by the n.s.a. the president was quick to order a review of that program but the president has not shown the same concern for tens of millions of non u.s. citizens in germany and brazil and france who are also being spied on so there's a high likelihood that he will finally tackle that issue today now the big question is what happens to the most controversial n.s.a. program revealed by edward snowden and that's the n.s.a.'s bulk telephone metadata
collection program the president could order an end to that program right now you could do it today if you wanted to and he wouldn't need congress's approval instead the president is expected to introduce some limited reforms to the bulk collection program and then kick it to congress to have the final say on whether or not it should. continue president's speech they will set up a fight on capitol hill between lawmakers cozy with the surveillance state and lawmakers pushing to substantially reform it ultimately though a lot of what happens to the n.s.a. moving forward is out of the president's hands the courts are weighing in on the constitutionality of these programs and in congress the patriot act which underpins many of the n.s.a. surveillance programs expires on june first of next year and it's unlikely the votes are there anymore to extend the more controversial parts of it so you can think of the president's speech as him reaching out to congress to save at least some of these spy programs that he is spy chiefs have been defending before those
same programs are completely dismantled by the courts or congress next year in washington d.c. sam sachs r t. i just learned radek a campaigner for government accountability does not believe that any of the anticipated changes will make a genuine difference. so far what has been telecast through government leaks look a lot like a lot of cosmetic changes in other words it does not appear that the president will be reigning in the largest controversy with just probably the bulk collection of american data nor will he be adopting any recommendation to house and store that data in for example a telephone company rather than by the national security agency again i think a lot of these changes are are really discuss magic and they're contrary to what
his own internal review panel recommended spying on the whole world does not come cheap but the actual figures as was much else in the field of intelligence or top secret leaks information however has revealed that the so-called black budget amount of two fifty two point six billion dollars for twenty thirty in fiscal year out of that pie over ten billion went to the n.s.a. as funding has grown by a staggering fifty three percent since two thousand and four yet sources say terrorist attacks in methods only involve n.s.a. surveillance seven point five percent of the time or just going to looks into the agency's effectiveness three years the u.s. government had been hiding its dragnet surveillance of entire nations under the national security rug in fear of another nine eleven americans had no idea of just how pervasive the government spying program became but following edward snowden's revelations lice came to the surface does the n.s.a. collect any type of gate at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans.
no sir. we know of at least. fifty threats that have been averted because of this information. there is only one case where this was useful somebody sunday thought eighty five hundred dollars to somalia to an al qaeda affiliate not to. case the government wait of two months to investigate this case so you know the idea that this is kind of critical to stopping terrorism is overblown public policy group the new america foundation has analyzed hundreds of terrorism related cases and says traditional investigative methods such as the use of informants in tips work best. the n.s.a. sweeping surveillance did nothing to prevent the bombings in boston last year even despite multiple tips from abroad concerning one of the perpetrators the
president's own surveillance policy review board has concluded the n.s.a. bulk data collection was quote not essential to preventing attacks the head of the n.s.a. was eventually pressed to admit that the government had exaggerated the effectiveness of the program would you grant that fifty four cases to keep getting signed by the administration are all plots how the village of four hundred thirteen had some nexus of us do you agree with that yes or no yes the obama administration found itself in hot water when edward snowden revealed going is said to caving to tell a tarion procedures which is gathering information about all the individuals in the world. thousands have been taking to the streets to protest against. hi b.c. many americans thought at least they'd be safe but with recent revelations even that tradeoff is on the question in washington i'm going to check out our take. so
how do our web site. america's surveillance efforts and get expert analysis on what u.s. spying means for the rest of the world and of course we'll bring you more on president obama's upcoming speech later today here on our team or national. lead. look look. look. plenty of lives there and they are looking very hard to take a look again a little longer here. have you ever had sex with their little.
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foreign secretary william hague is also determined to keep the scots in the full details now from party boyko. u.k. foreign secretary william hague is in glasgow today to outline the case for why scotland should stay within the united kingdom. on the latest scotland analysis papers which are a response to scotland's white paper which came out last november and propagated voting yes in the referendum in september now the analysis today is doing the direct opposite and it's focusing on the breath and the u.k.'s diplomatic networking just how much scotland currently benefits from it so take for example business based in scotland they say that it benefits directly from efforts to protect the u.k.'s economic interests like defending the world famous scorch whisky against counterfeits against excessive taxation and against trade barriers but the
battle from both the yes and the no is really heating up in the run up to the referendum in september and we've had accusations of propaganda war being waged from both sides of the barricades certainly critics of westminster have accused the british government of fear mongering in order to secure a no vote to come september but let's take a listen to what the minister for europe said about scotland's independence bid just yesterday first of all of scotland quits walks it leaves behind all that it gets as part of the united kingdom not just about membership of the e.u. the un security council the commonwealth the g eight the g twenty but in very concrete terms we've got this very large international network of embassies and high commissions around the world to promote scottish business including things like scotch whiskey scottish agricultural produce and beef and so on. the analysis on bail today is this is your minding well it's about the relatively modern day in
pleasures that they currently enjoy as british citizens such as consular services when they travel abroad but we know that westminster is better together campaign is really stepping up the fight for the union and sort of love forming the scots with p. to stay in the united kingdom from english celebrities prominent business figures and sports stars but in reality scottish independence is quite a remote possibility according to the latest polls just twenty six percent of scots plan on voting yes come september so the war of words on both sides is sunny hostin and we're going to be watching as it progresses in the run up to the historic vote on the eighteenth of september. now seek a look at some other stories from around the world and twenty eight people have reportedly been injured in thailand's capital after an explosion and anti-government march the device was thrown from a ruined building into
a truck carrying protesters rallies have been raging all we can bank off was crowds demanding zero government be forced from power the prime minister is insisting on a snapple action and sabu in an effort to call the situation. at least five people have been killed in a blast that ripped through a moving train in central pakistan local media say that around twenty others were also injured in the explosion which seven carriages the train was traveling from the northern city of peshawar to karate in the south it's unclear who was behind the attack. syria has rejected the north's demand that a cough military drills with the u.s. plan for family or am march pyongyang warned that failure to do so could lead to a catastrophic escalation of tensions on the peninsula north korea was criticized last year after it conducted a nuclear test defying un security council warders to freeze its atomic program
washington meanwhile is pledging to send another eight hundred troops to the south in addition to almost thirty thousand already stationed there. such as putting the final touches in place for the twenty fourteen winter olympics volunteers have arrived from all over the world and they are now to get a very inspiring briefing here's or to enter farmer. all in tears or actually meeting with president putin no less in this no less than they deserve if you ask me because volunteers to perform a very important role in every olympics not only do they meet and greet the delegates and also be awfully certain members of the public they do help to guide these people around the host city and other responsibilities also include things like translating a press conferences and also escorting athletes to doping control so there is a lot of responsibility there will be twenty five thousand of these volunteers on duty and saw huge does sound like a very big number but actually these are the chosen few because organizers did
receive something like one hundred fifty thousand applications from people all over the world from places like ghana i mean dominican republic but they have managed to work from them down just over half of them are from russia the rest of from the route around the rest of the globe be age range goes from eighteen years all way up to people who are eighty years old so there is something for everybody but they do have certain common skills number one they do have good language skills secondly we're told they do work well under pressure and lastly of course they have to have a nice smile because they are here to make us all feel welcome you won't miss them either because they will be wearing those bright colored trucks it's. a quick look at what's in store over on our website building a home from scratch in under a day california scientists say that very soon this will be no challenge for a new generation of giant three d. printers we get to the bottom of the technology. plus slam down for
big coin and becomes the first professional sports organization to accept the digital currency to find out which team gave its bitcoin user fans to cheer about online at r.t. . right to see. the first for. and i would think that your. on our reporters whether. it be in the. south africa's government has vowed to tackle violent crime a problem that it says poses an equal threat for all races living in the country many white farmers see things differently though and say they are living under
constant fear of attack or as leader reports their side of the story. is fixing his fins last night burglars again trying to break into his farm two weeks ago they stole equipment after killing six of his horses they threatened us with our lives and that they were all right the family was going to wife and daughter. told this to the police and they have done nothing of that for thirteen years when he has lived here in south africa the successful farmer grew and sold horse feed but three months ago he gave it up the constant harassment that he's convinced is coming from some of his former black farm laborers had simply become too much in fact last week. they arrived a woman not far from here and she said to the him well if you want six just use a condom and they boiled the key to the board all. worked on the back. because i think they they saw that she was not afraid. farm killings in south africa have hit
a record highs according to genocide watch in the last twenty years since nelson mandela's african national congress has been in power more than four thousand white farmers have been killed but ten times that number of white south africans have been brutally murdered in what many claim of racially motivated attacks an hour's drive from willy's farm and cornelius nel has been farming cattle and maize for nearly forty years he's convinced the killings are part of a systematic bird to drive white south africans and in particular farmers out of the country he's paid the ultimate price his daughter vanessa was shot dead on his farm. where they were slow. to curb gun which are used to shorten the thirty three year old was killed in front of her two small children from the years when i really
think the farmers of the these really old farmers was good of the word i mean the government is saying that they're going to take the forms because restoril of the ruling a.n.c. has dismissed such claims pointing out that south africans of all colors suffer violent crime i don't. come from south africa belong to all who live image. both black and white and there's never been an intention to victimize whites and division in the mission of the south african police service is to protect everybody any citizen but the recent passing of nelson mandela who devoted his life to reconciling the races has seen white nerves shoot up personally i think it's going to get worse. because they were scared for you if it's a sad legacy for a man who devoted his life to building a rainbow nation the unfortunate reality is that south africa is still
the majority of congress are now millionaires for the first time in history according to the center for responsive politics which sounds pretty insulting when the average americans are doing so well financially this seems bad like a bunch of rich guys rule the country which they kind of do but one could argue that congress isn't rich enough first off due to inflation a billion dollars is not as much as it used to be especially the cost of a campaign to get in the congress costs around one million six hundred thousand dollars so yeah a million dollars of net worth may sound pretty rich to you or me but the expensive game of us politics these guys can't even afford the costs related to getting the work electoral campaigns are a big money affair so it is no surprise that people like you or me can't get into the law making business without selling at least a little piece of our souls to someone who. very deep pockets so again the problem isn't that congressmen are wealthy it is that many of them have to get constant financing in order to maintain their positions and as you average folks know what sure and debt they've got by the throat well that's just my opinion.
of the evening to you i'm having martin and this is breaking the set but here's a story that sure to keep you up at night according to findings just released by the air force thirty four officers at malmstrom air force base in montana were just cheating on a proficiency exam right our at our rights are cheating on a test isn't really that bad i mean we've all done it except i forgot to mention one small thing miles from houses bowl a stick missiles in the officers caught cheating we're taking a test on nuclear launch procedures but if that's not enough to make you want to cower under a table don't worry it gets worse the whole reason this cheating scandal came to light in the first place is because the air force launched an investigation into drug use among officers at the base and discovered the cheating through their text
messages so nice know that rob ford and alex rodriguez are apparently guarding the nation's nuclear arsenal but at the very least we know that the nuclear launch codes are extremely complicated and hard to crack right actually no you see according to dr bruce blair former nuclear missile launch officer up until nine hundred seventy seven the launch code to set off nukes was wait for it zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero yep eight zeros in a row don't worry i'm sure by now the air force has changed that code to one two three four five six seven eight and let's break the said. the discipline it was a little very hard to take on the significance of long hair a plug in that had sex with her right there on the lens let's have